Cleaning Cast-Iron

First post! Yeah! Now I’ve got that out the way, let’s focus on something important: cast-iron cooking.

You want a fantastic steak inside? Cast-iron. You want an excuse to set off the smoke detector? Cast-iron. You want to cook on something you don’t have to wash on a regular basis? Cast-iron.

Now, yer skillet will take some work. It can rust and it weighs about as much as a Prius, but the end result is worth it. That’s another post. This one will focus on cleanin’ out that cast-iron skillet you burnt that fancy steak in.

All the bits you’ll need to get scrubbin’.

You’ll need:

  • Your dirty ol’ skillet
  • A clean rag
  • Scissors (If you don’t wanna use the whole rag)
  • Cooking oil of some sort (I used canola, you can use olive, corn, or most any other kind)
  • Salt (This is what does the scrubbing, acting as our abrasive)

Start by pouring a couple tablespoons of oil in the skillet.

Oil it up all pretty-like.
Oil it up all pretty-like.

Pour about a teaspoon of plain table salt into the pool of oil.

Do you find my use of salt... abrasive?
Do you find my use of salt… abrasive?

Now cut off a strip of rag, and get to scrubbin’. Depending on how burnt on some of that gunk is, it may take some doin’. You can add a little more oil or salt if needs be for more scouring power.

Don't worry, it's supposed to look this bad.
Don’t worry, it’s supposed to look this gross.

Finally, wipe out the salt and oil mixture and wipe the skillet down with a light coat of oil or grease to prevent rust. (I recommend bacon grease because why not?) You’re finished! See? That wasn’t so bad now, was it?

Mmm... Sexy cookin' time.
Mmm… Sexy cookin’ time.

At this point, you may want to heat it up on the stove to help the skillet absorb some of the oil. Or you could go ahead and start searing off mouth-watering steaks, chops, chicken, fish, tortillas…. You get the idea. Now get out there and get cookin’.


Published by willdrawgood

Howdy! I’m Will Young, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Garland, Texas with a demonstrated history of working in both higher education and retail material design. Skilled in integrating design and advertising from concept through production and delivery in both print and digital media. Strong arts and design professional with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design with a concentration in Illustration from Oklahoma Christian University.

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